Pop Culture Pooches: Ace the Bat-HoundTue, May 21, 2013,
When it comes to superhero canine companions, Superman’s friend Krypto the Super-Dog is unquestionably the most well known. But did you know that Batman also had a dog sidekick? It’s an interesting footnote in comics (and pop culture dog) history that we think is well worth exploring.
After the success of Krypto, DC Comics decided that Batman should get his own canine sidekick. Naturally, it was decided that Ace would be modeled after the German Shepherds from the detective dogs currently seen onscreen. Anyone looking at a drawing of Ace the Bat-Hound will notice more than a passing resemblance to characters like Rin Tin Tin.
Ace’s first appearance was in 1955, in Batman #92, when he helped Batman track down his master, who had been kidnapped. Later, when Ace’s master had to take a new job Bruce Wayne adopted him. Perhaps the most hilarious aspect to these old stories was that Ace himself wore a mask when he was in action as the “Bat-Hound” so that he wouldn’t be recognized, just like Batman.
Wearing his mask, Ace joined Batman and Robin in their adventures for a few years, until he faded away in 1964, making only rare appearances after that point. Recently, a new dog named Titus has been featured. Titus is a Great Dane that Batman purchased for his son Damian from a kennel.
Ace has been featured on TV a few times, most notably as part of the cast of Krypto the Superdog, and as the pet of an aged Bruce Wayne in the futuristic Batman Beyond show. So, while he may not be the most well-known superhero pet, Ace certainly has his fans. We can only hope that one day he’ll get his due.
Photo credit: DC Comics, art by Win Mortimer